One of the things that struck me when I moved to Hvar was the lack of animals on the island. A few sheep, quite few donkeys, wild boar in certain places, a few horses, but really not much at all. After a little investgation, I learned that there were other species, such as mouflon in certain areas, but animals on Hvar are really quite scarce.
The latest project from luxury fish restaurant Gariful in Hvar Town is sure to be one of the island's more popular attractions for 2015, especially as entrance is free. What started out as a plan to grow organic produce for the restaurant has changed into something altogether more unusual - Hvar's first zoo, which is located at the Gariful farm just one kilometre out of town on the road to Stari Grad.
And if you thought Hvar Town in summer was cosmopolitan, check out the Gariful farm, whose inhabitants are from all over the world, from an eagle from Kazakhstan to the latest arrival, Charlie the Llama from South America, who takes his name from recent events in Paris.
As one would expect with a Gariful project, the zoo and farm has been professionally assembled, and it is a great little activity for young families wanting to experience something a little different on the island.
The zoo has already proved a hit with local kids, and some of the kindergartens have already had official visits to the zoo. It is one of the favourite hang outs for my kids, and I can't wait to take them back to see recent arrivals, such as the llama and Cayman crocodile.
To reach the zoo, take the main road to Stari Grad, and you will see a sign for the Gariful Farm on the right.